The Pennsylvania FBI cooperates with the Pennsylvania State Police and law enforcement at the county and local level, to stop crimes and terrorism. There are two Field Offices in Pennsylvania, one in Philadelphia and one in Pittsburgh, plus satellite offices across the state. The Pittsburgh FBI’s Most Wanted List suggests that FBI Agents are currently hunting murders, robbers, missing persons, violent criminals and people who have exploited children. In Philadelphia, FBI Agents are looking for the same kinds of criminals, as well as domestic terrorists, white collar criminals and people involved in organised crime.

Becoming an FBI Special Agent in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, there are skilled professionals and Special Agents, and all work in high risk environments that involve a lot of long hours and travel. Applications can take between six months to a year to complete Candidates wishing to become an FBI agent in Pennsylvania must:

1. Be a citizen of the U.S. or U.S. territory.
2. Be between the ages of 23 and 37 (although veterans may still be eligible).
3. Have at least a four year bachelor’s degree from an approved school.
4. Have at least three years of relevant work experience.
5. Have the ability and willingness to work anywhere in the FBI’s jurisdiction.

Certain educational backgrounds will receive precedence, including computer science, mathematics, information technology, accounting, military, pilot, intelligence, science, detectives, attorneys, and linguistics.

Candidates can apply online or at a Pennsylvania field office or resident agency. If the application is successful, candidates will then undergo rigorous testing before going on to training with the FBI.

FBI Jobs in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia: This field office covers 41 counties in Pennsylvania and three in New Jersey. Satellite offices under Philadelphia’s jurisdiction are Williamsport, Allentown, Scranton, Fort Washington, State College, Harrisburg, Newtown Square, and South Jersey. Philadelphia employs Special Agents and Special Agents in Charge (SAC). It also has terrorism experts, intelligence technicians, a cyber intrusion task force, a computer forensics lab, a violent gang and drug task force, an organized crime task force, and an art crime team. The Philadelphia has solved crimes including bank robbery, cyber crimes against children, steroid trafficking, tax, health care and Social Security fraud, child pornography, cyber stalking, and extortion.

Pittsburgh: This field office oversees 25 Pennsylvania counties and the entire state of West Virginia. It also manages satellite offices including North Pittsburgh, Mon Valley, Erie, and Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania, as well as Wheeling, Parkersburg, Martinsburg, Huntington, Clarksburg, Charleston, and Beckley in West Virginia. Pittsburgh employs Special Agents and Special Agents in Charge (SAC). It also gives jobs to Agents who deal specifically in cyber crimes, financial crimes, mortgage fraud, drug and gang violence, and organized crime. They’ve recently dealt with cases involving fraud, identity theft, child pornography, drug trafficking, explosives distribution and armed robbery.